WSBK » Alstare, Ducati terminate WSBK agreement

Team Alstare, Ducati part ways after just a single year into their agreement.

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October 25, 2013 6:14 PM

A sad day for the paddock. Alstare are a quality outfit and provide a very professional show.
Many good riders have ridden the SBK Panigale and have crashed - some more than others! It is hard to believe that such experienced riders have suddenly become poor riders. Plainly, the bike is way down on horsepower compared to Kawasakis, Aprilias and BMWs and it seems that the radical chassis design (or lack of chassis) does not give much feedback to the rider. A gorgeous roadbike, but a racebike at World SBK level?


October 25, 2013 9:09 PM

I am really, really upset now. Francis Batta is a top guy and his team definitely belongs in the WSBK paddock. 'Alstare Suzuki' was an iconic brand for many years. I really hope he will be able to compete, although with another bike. Or could he join forces with Crescent Suzuki? Such team could even get some form of factory support...


October 26, 2013 4:47 PM

Ducati provide the PR service. Ducati have the customers who buy bikes, so it is Ducati who liaises with customers - not Alstare. Alstare is a race team organisation, not a bike seller. The avenue for their own promotion is through their website.


October 26, 2013 5:48 PM

Alstare are a team and a business, their business is to run the the whole setup as they took on the frnnchise left by Althea. Ducati provide the bikes, technical service and in this case money and the sponsors. Ducati were Alstare's customer as are the sponosrs, when your a business all the disaplines I mentioned are part of the deal

Is it professional to slag off in public your last 2 principal sponsors and bike suppliers? Lets see if Alstare can survive insolvency this time and who knows they may be able to attract a sponsor without having to go begging to Aprilia!


October 27, 2013 12:41 PM

Ducati did not provide all the money. Ducati's press release of 25th October says " The partnership between the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer and Team Alstare was expected to continue in 2014, however, the current economic climate and subsequent withdrawal of support by one of Alstare's main partners, has dictated that the Belgian team must downsize its future plans. "


October 27, 2013 3:02 PM
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Read it and who do you think Alstare's main partner was? And who has withdrawn from the partnership?

The Alstare web site is so bad it does not even provide credits to its financial partners (provided by Ducati) or its technical partners. There are not even hyperlinks to their web-sites, if this is professional I am happy to be an amateur.

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